2015 Domaine Santa Duc "Habemus Papam" Châteauneuf-du-Pape (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1341217 94 points James Suckling

 A very convincing style. This has plenty to offer in terms of deeply focused blackberry and red plum fruits, but it is the structure that really impresses. Long, assertive and driving, it finishes with succulent grippy appeal. Try from 2020.  (8/2017)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Chateauneuf du Pape Habemus Papam suffers only by comparison to the domaine's other micro-cuvées. It still delivers lovely cherry and stone fruit notes, medium to full body and ample concentration. The tannins are a bit grippier in this wine, so lay it down for a few years. Gigondas-based Yves Gras has quietly grown his holdings in Châteauneuf du Pape to six hectares, from which he's producing four separate cuvées. I'm sure it will hurt some feelings to say an outsider like Gras is producing some of the most compelling examples of Châteauneuf du Pape, but keep in mind these are generally tiny-production gems and not easy to track down. (JC)  (10/2017)

90 points Jeb Dunnuck

 Leading off the 2015s, most of which were tasted out of bottle, the 2015 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Habemus Papam checks in as a blend of 64% Grenache, 25% Syrah, and the rest mostly Mourvèdre. It gives up outstanding notes of strawberries, red cherries, flowers and spice-box, Fresh, elegant and very much in the style of the vintage, with medium to full-bodied richness, it will keep for a decade.  (10/2017)

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Varietal:

Rhone Blends

Country:

France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.
Sub-Region:

Rhone

- Legendary wine-producing region in southeast France. Stereotypically speaking, Rhone wines are high in alcohol, and the majority produced is red. The northern Rhone is best known for outstanding 100% Syrah wines from areas such as Cote Rotie and Hermitage, as well as for fabulous white wines from Condrieu (where Viognier is king). In the southern Rhone, look for spicy, full-bodied wines that are blends of Grenache, Syrah, and other varietals coming from appellations such as Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, or Rasteau. Wines labeled as Cote du Rhone or Cotes du Rhone Village (a cut above generic Cotes du Rhone) are frequently found here in the US because they often represent some of the best values on the market.
Specific Appellation:

Chateauneuf du Pape